Last week Cheshire’s science festival ‘Amazed by Science’ returned and was incredibly well-attended during the half term holiday with thousands visiting the festival over the May break. The schedule was packed with more than 100 hands-on activities aimed to inspire young people to take an interest in science and engineering and this year organisers were hoping to attract an even higher number of females. Young girls are traditionally more difficult to attract into STEM careers, and so it is hoped that events such as this will inspire a generation of scientists for the future.
Events took place across the county at 10 different venues over the 9 days. Wednesday saw more than 500 people visiting Chester’s Town Hall Square to enjoy the fun science activities provided by festival sponsors Essar, Global Atkins, Urenco and SP Energy Networks. And a new and extremely popular location for 2018 was Alderley Park, which hosted Mad Science Fun Stations and a Wacky Science Lab on Thursday 31st May, presented by one of the festival’s sponsors Waters Corporation.
Other festival highlights were the dramatic sinking and floating experiments at The Anderton Boat Lift in Northwich, children exploring ‘the science of poo’ and other messy animal behaviour with Zoo Rangers at Chester Zoo and little ones getting to meet a real life astronomer at Jodrell Bank. Further well-attended locations were Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes, The Lion Saltworks in Northwich, The Port Arcades in Ellesmere Port, Golden Square Shopping Centre in Warrington and the community events held at Crewe Library.
Katrina Michel, Chief Executive of Marketing Cheshire said:
“We were absolutely delighted with the high attendance during the festival, with thousands of families coming out during the half term to have some wonderful fun together with science. Also so many families were exploring venues for the first time and appreciating the fantastic facilities and attractions we have available in this science-rich county. Now we can’t wait to plan our 2019 event with the support of our sponsors, to make it even bigger and better.”
Ian Cotton, Head of Communications at Essar Stanlow said:
"We were delighted by the response to the Amazed by Science events with families coming out in their thousands to our sponsor events, with over 500 people making it to the Chester city centre event alone and hundreds heading to see us at The Port Arcades in Ellesmere Port. We were bowled over by the enthusiasm and excitement at those events, and it’s been fantastic to see children learning so many new skills and taking in the information in such an interactive way. The venues and locations were well-chosen and we hope that families enjoyed the experience as much as we did.”
To see images and find out more about the events that happened go to the website at www.amazedbyscience.co.uk or by following @amazedbyscience on twitter or via the facebook page at https://en-gb.facebook.com/amazedbyscience/